Kia EV9 Named Top Finalist in 2024 World Car Awards

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Kia EV9: Kia’s latest innovation, the 2024 EV9, has clinched a prestigious spot as a Top Three finalist in two categories for the highly anticipated 2024 World Car Awards. The EV9, Kia’s first dedicated three-row EV SUV, is set to compete for the esteemed titles of World Car of the Year and World Electric Vehicle.

Kia EV9 Finalist in World Car Awards 2024

Renowned for its excellence and industry benchmarking, the World Car Awards boast a panel of over 100 esteemed automotive journalists who have recognized the appeal and innovation behind Kia’s flagship all-electric SUV.

With its bold and modern design, the 2024 Kia EV9 exemplifies the latest in EV technology, offering exceptional versatility and ample space for all occupants. This recognition underscores Kia’s commitment to pushing boundaries and delivering groundbreaking vehicles that resonate with consumers worldwide.

A victory for the EV9 in both categories would mark a significant milestone for Kia, following previous wins at the World Car Awards with the Kia Telluride in 2020 and the Kia EV6 GT in 2023, solidifying Kia’s position as a leader in the automotive industry.

The winners of the World Car Awards will be revealed live at the 2024 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) on March 27, 2024, where the automotive world eagerly awaits to see which vehicles will take home the coveted titles.

Kia EV9 Specifications

Dimensions:

  • Length: 197.2 inches (498.2 cm)
  • Width: 77.9 inches (198.0 cm)
  • Height: 68.9-70.1 inches (175.0-178.1 cm) (varies depending on trim)
  • Wheelbase: 128.0 inches (325.1 cm)
  • Ground clearance: 7.0 inches (17.8 cm)

Powertrain:

  • Battery capacity: 77.4 kWh or 99.8 kWh
  • Range (estimated): 279 miles (450 km) or 339 miles (546 km) (varies depending on battery and driving conditions)
  • Charging:
    • Supports 11 kW AC charging and up to 209 kW DC fast charging
    • 10-80% charge time in 22 minutes (with 209 kW DC fast charger)
  • Motor: Rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD)
    • RWD motor: 270 horsepower (201 kW)
    • AWD motor (combined): 516 horsepower (385 kW)
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Interior and Features:

  • Seating capacity: 7 (standard 2nd row with 3 seats, optional 2nd row with 2 captain’s chairs)
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rotating roof vents for 2nd and 3rd row passengers
  • Three-zone climate control
  • Large touchscreen infotainment system
  • Driver-assistance features (may vary depending on trim):
    • Forward collision avoidance with automatic emergency braking
    • Lane departure warning
    • Blind spot monitoring
    • Highway driving assist
  • Cargo space: 81.7 cubic feet (2,313 liters) behind the 1st row, 43.5 cubic feet (1,232 liters) behind the 2nd row
  • Available in multiple trim levels

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Kia’s Commitment to Innovation and Growth

In addition to its recent accolades, Kia has been making significant strides in its global expansion and product development efforts. Since signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, India, in April 2017, Kia has established a robust manufacturing facility in Anantapur District.

With an annual production capacity of 300,000 units, Kia commenced mass production in August 2019 and has since launched five vehicles for the Indian market, including the Seltos, the Carnival, the Sonet, the Carens, and the EV6.

Under its new brand identity, “Movement that Inspires,” Kia aims to offer customers meaningful experiences backed by innovative products and services. The brand’s commitment to achieving new benchmarks and inspiring consumers to be more aligns with its vision for the future.

With over 1.16 million vehicle dispatches from its Anantapur plant, including domestic sales and exports, Kia has established itself as a leader in the Indian automotive market. With a widespread network of 432 touchpoints across 213 cities, Kia continues to strengthen its presence and expand its footprint across the country, solidifying its position as a key player in the automotive industry.

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